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It's hard to find an entry level keyboard that meets the following 3 criteria :

Any keyboard that comes under the price tag of $150 are not guaranteed to last long.

And the one which are available feels and sounds like a toy piano.

But Luckily, Yamaha has to offer a keyboard that fulfills all the required entry level criteria without burning a hole in your pocket.

Yamaha PSR-E263 Reviews

It's Yamaha PSR E263 and is termed as an ideal starter keyboard and E263 pretty much nails it.

The Yamaha PSR family consists of 13 keyboards as of now.

Yamaha PSR Series keyboards are portable, features Yamaha Education Suite, lots of tones, wide connectivity options and decent sounding speakers and all these within a budget friendly price tag.

The entry level PSR E263 is one of the best selling keyboard in the entire PSR Series.

However, Recently Yamaha has launched a new entry level keyboard E273 in NAMM 2020 but I am not satisfied with the recent launch.

E273 does not come near the PSR E263 in lots of aspects.

Note : PSR series keyboards are not completely classified as digital piano. Their's a bit significant differences in both.

We can classify E263 as Arranger Keyboard.

With that being said, lets begin the detailed analysis of one of my most preferred keyboard in the entry level segment the PSR E263.


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ere are some of the beginner friendly keyboards similarly like Yamaha PSR E263 in the same price range. These are perfect for beginner and are quite good for learning.

Comparing Yamaha PSR E263 With Yamaha's Other Best Selling Digital Pianos

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Model

Keys

Features

Price

Yamaha Psr-E263 61-Key Portable Keyboard

PSR E263

61

Starter Keyboard

Full Size Keys

400 Voices

100 Styles

Inbuilt Lesson Function

Recording

Decent Sound

Aux-In Connectivity

Can be Battery Powered

Very Lightweight

Very Affordable Price

87% Reviews On Amazon

Yamaha P125 88-Key Weighted Action Digital Piano

P 125

88

Best Model

Fully Weighted Hammer Action Keys

Great Feel

CF Sound Engine

USB-MIDI Connectivity

App Integration

Genuinely Priced

91% positive reviews on Amazon

Yamaha P45, 88-Key Weighted Action Digital Piano

P 45

88

Best Seller

Budget Friendly

Authentic Feel

Weighted Hammer Action Keys

Minimalist Design

AWM Sound Engine

88% positive reviews on Amazon

Yamaha YDP 163R Arius Series Console Digital Piano

YDP 163

61

Best In The Class

Console Piano

Graded Hammer Action Keys (GH 3)

Pure CF Sound Engine

App Connectivity

Built-In Pedals

10 Voices

192 Polyphony

87% Positive Reviews

Yamaha PSR-EW300 SA 76-Key Portable Keyboard

PSR EW 300

76

For Beginners

Touch Sensitive Keys

574 Instrument&Voices

165 Styles

App Connectivity

Lots Of Learning Features

Lightweight

81% Positive Reviews

PSR E363

61

For Beginners

Touch Response Keys

Yamaha Education Suite For Easy Learning

Duo/Layer Mode

Weighs only 8.8 Lbs

PC, Mobile Connectivity

87% Positive Reviews

Yamaha PSR E263 Features and Specs

Reading Reviews Is So 90's Instead, Check The Video Review Of Yamaha PSR E263 Below ? (04:43)

Design

Overall Design of E263 is quite simple and sleek

There's nothing much to talk about. 

The keyboard is quite lightweight and can also be powered via batteries.

All of the function buttons are on the front layout with a LCD Display in the center.

The display comes handy while navigating, identifying the running settings, and in accessing the inbuilt learning features.

If the LCD display comes with backlit then it would have been much better.

Keys - Disappointed

Keys of PSR E263

The Keys of PSR E263 disappointed me a bit, or may be I was expecting too much from $130 keyboard.

As the 61 full size key is decent in touch but are not weighted neither touch sensitive.

I understand weighted keys is just too much expectation but velocity sensitive looks feasible in this price bracket.

And for a beginner touch sensitive keys are a great add-on as it allows the player to be more expressive and helps in understanding the rhythm and pressure relation.

Tones and Music Functions

400 Songs and Voices - Entry Level PSR keyboard

One of the USP of PSR E263 is the huge amount of voices, styles and songs it offers.

The bundled 400 instruments voices covers tones from every musical instrument you can count of.

With 125+ auto accompaniment styles, which covers genres all around the world. (Auto Accompaniment is a feature that plays a particular instrument or a group of instrument together in the background like an group performance. Nowadays, auto accompaniment are dynamic and plays music entirely depending upon the user input.)

Maximum Number of polyphony - 32. Polyphony in piano means the maximum number of notes the piano can sound at a same time.

To be honest 32 notes polyphony is not that enough but from an entry level perspective its enough to kick off your musical journey. 

Sound Quality Of The PSR E263 Keyboard

Sound of E263 is really nice but keep your expectation in check and don't expect it to sound like the YDP series pianos or like P 125.

The Ultra wide stereo sound provides good expanded sound. As said above the sound is rich and sweet but is not that much punchy.

And expecting any thing more in this price range doesn't seems to be too fair, After all "You will get what you pay for."

The beautiful Sound source technology behind the PSR series is Yamaha's AWM Stereo Sampling.

The piano sounds are sampled from the iconic Yamaha's Concert Grand Pianos.

The sound are sweet and surely realistic. But personally I am fed up with the sound samples.

Yamaha is using the same library sound on most of their keyboards (digital piano samples are recreated from a different Concert Grand) and these needs to be updated.

Yamaha Education Suite (Y.E.S.)

Yamaha PSR-E263 Lesson mode

What makes Yamaha PSR E263 a considering option for beginner is the In-Built Lesson mode known as Yamaha Education Suite.

Y.E.S. is a powerful easy to use onboard teaching tool that makes piano learning easy and fun.

The teaching tool will help in building a solid foundation for new learners and teaches finger placement, timing, note recognition, Understanding Tempo and different chords.

These are great feature to kick things off but that does not mean that it can replace a piano teacher.

But at initial stage it's definitely a wonderful add-on.

I particularly liked one of the inbuilt lesson mode that breaks a full length song into several part.

The lesson mode then teach you each part at a time by displaying the finger placement position in the display.

You proceed part by part at your own pace, and when you are done with all the individual parts you bridge them to form a complete song again.

And Voila !! you learned how to play a full song completely on your own. That's really cool.

Recording and Other Modes

Recording your performance and reviewing it later helps you in analyzing your song and understanding which part needs to be worked upon.

I always suggest my students to analyze your performances from an audience perspective, its really very crucial in your development as a performer.

So for capturing your performances the single track Inbuilt Phrase Recorder on the PSR E263 comes really handy.

Duo Mode: The duo mode allows you to play along with your partner.

What the duo mode does is that it splits the keyboard into 2 identical halves with same notes on both side, each side also has its own Middle C.

As a student you can sit along with your teacher and learn by watching and copying teacher's hand.

Doing practice with a partner or a teacher sitting along in the same keyboard really accelerates the learning progress.

PSR E263 speakers

PSR E263 speakers

Connectivity Options

Yamaha PSR E263 keyboards offers AUX In, Sustain Pedal and Headphone connectivity options only.

The AUX In connectivity allows you to connect your mobile or MP3 player and play song along with playing the keyboard.

E263 does not support USB to Device and USB to Host connectivity options which is not cool at all.

I wish it comes with it but you need to face the reality atlast you will get what you pay for.

yamaha psr e263 midi

Yamaha PSR E263 Vs Yamaha PSR E363 Vs Casio CTK 2550 Vs Casio CTK 3500

Comparing E263 Vs Yamaha PSR E363 Vs Casio CTK 2550 Vs Casio CTK 3500
Yamaha PSR E263Yamaha PSR E363Casio CTK 2550Casio CTK 3500
Number of Keys61616161
Type of KeysFull sizeFull-sized keys, Touch sensitiveSynth actionTouch Response (2 sensitivity levels)
Other Controllers   Pitchbend wheel
Polyphony32 Notes48 Notes48 Notes48 Notes
Presets400 voices, 130 styles, 112 song presets574 voices (197 sounds, 18 drum/sfx, 339 XGlite voices), 154 preset songs400 voices, 100 rhythms, 50 dance music patterns400 voices, 100 rhythms, 50 dance music patterns
Effects TypesReverb, Chorus, Stereo DSP, Master EQReverb, Chorus, EQ, Harmony10 x Reverbs, Hall, Dance music effect10 x Reverbs, Hall, Dance music effect
Memory    
Storage    
Formats    
Audio RecordingPhrase recorder2-track song recorder  
Audio Playback    
Audio Inputs1 x 1/8" (aux in)1 x 1/8" (aux in)1 x 1/8" (aux in)1 x 1/8" (aux in)
Audio Outputs1 x 1/4" (headphones)1 x 1/4" (headphones)1 x 1/4" (headphones, out)1 x 1/4" (headphones, out)
USB 1 x Type B 1 x Type B
MIDI I/O USB USB
Headphones    
Pedal Inputs 1 x 1/4" (sustain)1 x 1/4" (sustain/damper)1 x 1/4" (sustain/damper)
Features  Compatible with Chordana Play app (iOS, Android)Compatible with Chordana Play app (iOS, Android)
Software    
Built-in Speakers2 x 4.7" 2.5W stereo2 x 4.7" (2.5W per side)2 x 3.9", 2W per side2 x 3.9", 2W per side
Power Supply12V DC power supply (sold separately) / 6 x AA batteries12V DC power supply (optional) / 6 x AA batteries9.5V DC power supply / 6 x AA batteries9.5V DC power supply / 6 x AA batteries
Height4.18"1.62"3.6"3.6"
Width37"37.18"37.2"37.2"
Depth12.5"14.5"12.1"12.1"
Weight8.8 lbs.10 lbs. 2 oz.7.3 lbs.7.4 lbs.

Yamaha PSR-E263 Digital Piano Alternate

The Best Alternative Of Yamaha PSR-E263 Digital Piano is Yamaha EW 300. The Price is Just a Bit high. so, don't forget to check it. (Check Detailed Review Here)

Yamaha E263 Alternative Option - Yamaha PSR-EW300

My Experience With Yamaha PSR E263 Portable Keyboard

New Detailed Yamaha PSR-E263 Side Image

I used the Yamaha PSR E263 keyboard for around 25-28 days when it was launched in 2017 and I can sum up my experience as quite good.

There's not much to complain about when considering the price and the actual user level the keyboard is designed for. 

But I really wish the next update of the model comes with :

  • Touch responsive keys
  • USB Connectivity Options

(But Unluckily, The updated model PSR E273 also lacks the mentioned feature.)

So, Overall I can say that Yamaha PSR E263 is one of the perfect keyboard for entry level pianist, and worth considering as a gift for your loved ones. 

It's also favorable for piano teachers as well.

If you are looking for similar style keyboard with few more advance features to avoid future upgrade then the PSR E453 is a good option worth considering. You can check our detailed analysis of E453 here.

With whooping 92% (4.6 star from 900+ rating) over Amazon simply reflects the amount of love the keyboard is getting from its users.

That's all for today, Hope our review of Yamaha PSR-E263 keyboard helped you in making a better informed decision.

Till then,

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8 thoughts on “Yamaha PSR-E263 Keyboard Review

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    Yuvika says:

    I am thinking of getting this for my son who is 13 now but will it be ok, should I consider this, I am quite confused as the price is quite low and I am not sure whether its good for the long run ?

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      Daniel Cooper says:

      I think Yuvika you just picked up the right keyboard to start with. It’s quite affordable and is perfect when compared with the price/quality ratio. It’s not for professionals pianist but is also not a toy. You can always go with weighted keys keyboard for future but for starting out Yamaha PSR E263 is good to go with

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      Daniel Cooper says:

      Yamaha PSR e263 is quite portable and weighs around 10 pounds. No, the batteries doesn’t die too early.

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    Luis says:

    One of my friends has recently sold his Hamzer 61 key keyboard and bought the PSR E263. He was amazed by the change in the quality of both keyboards. The sounds are awesome and keys feel quite good too. I just can’t imagine the enjoyment we get if we move one notch up.

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